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Virgilio is a young man who attended the Home of Hope Orphanage in the Philippines. At Home of Hope, children eat three meals a day, go to school, receive tutoring and are trained by the Word of God. Virgilio is now a full-time Pastor, and below he tells his life story in his own words:
“I am thankful to God for calling me to be a full-time Pastor, and I have no regrets being a Pastor.
In spite of so many hardships, trials and bad experiences in life, I have been enjoying in the ministry God has given me.
He makes all things beautiful in His time. He has given me beautiful, caring, loving, faithful and God-fearing wife. I am so happy as well to have a talented son and daughter.
At present, I am working as a full-time Pastor.
To remember the past, before I entered the vicinity of the Home of Hope, my life was so miserable, full of hardships and no one to ask for help. My life had no direction and I had no one to hold on and to communicate with especially the time when I was facing problems and in decision-making.
Suddenly, my life has direction when I was admitted in the Home of Hope on January 2, 1985. I was thankful for that day because I know that I could attend school, and I have assurance I can eat three times a day and have a family and a home, where I can share my feelings and thoughts.
(Virgilio first entering Home of Hope)
The staff taught me about God, who Jesus and His plans for me. After I graduated from high school on the year 1993, I need to move out from the institution to explore God’s will for my life. Bringing with me what I have learned from the orphanage and to pursue my desire. I decided to enroll at Doane Baptist Seminary in Iloilo City without assurance of financial support. I learned to trust in God that He will do the best for me, as long as I hold on to his promises and trust His Word. By the grace of God, I completed my 5-year course in Bachelor of Theology through the scholarship program of AMG.
(Vigilio in Seminary)
At first, I experienced difficulties and I told myself that it is really difficult to live with alone, but I have God that can help me during my ups and downs.
I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the Home of Hope for being a big part of my life and what I am now. Your help and encouragement played a big part for my success!
God bless us all!”
On "This Week at AMG," Tasos focuses on his home country, Greece. AMG has many ministries in Greece, including bookstores and St. Luke's Hospital. Tasos gives updates on the ministries in Greece, along with personal testimonies of those who have been impacted by AMG's ministries in Greece. Watch the video below and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more updates about what God is doing around the world!
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” (James 1:17).
James has spoken of the manner of God’s giving, that it is good and that the gift itself is perfect in that it accomplishes perfection in us. Let me give you as accurate a translation from the original Greek as I can of this verse: “all giving [that is] good and every gift [that is] perfect is from above, descending from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow cast by change.”
We have already dealt with the first part of the verse. Now we proceed, starting with the expression, “is from above.” So many of us, whenever we need something, look horizontally to men about us instead of looking to God above us. (Click to Tweet!)I have a very dear friend, a Hebrew Christian, who has been bedridden for over 15 years now and. has had innumerable operations. The fact that he is living at all is a miracle. It is, however, a life of deep affliction and suffering which he leads. And yet, every letter he writes to me has this triplet at the top: “Look to self and be depressed; look to others and be distressed; look to Jesus and be blessed” Here is a man who is certainly in need of the goodness of God but where does he look for it? Not around him, not inside him, but above him and thus and only thus is God’s purpose in his life made perfect.
The gifts people give you will not always be good, they will not always contribute toward the fulfillment of God’s will in your life, but His gifts are good and perfect.
Tasos begins the episode by introducing our special guest for "This Week at AMG," Traci Ragan. Traci works in AMG Donor Relations here at the Home Office in Chattanooga. Traci talks about the "Thank-You-Thon" that took place last Monday, December 1st. Several volunteers came alongside AMG workers to help contact some of our donors by phone or by writing a letter to thank them for their faithful support! Watch the video below and please share this page on your social media outlets!
One of the things that AMG encourages sponsors to do is to write letters to their sponsored children. We offer helpful tips and suggest topics for the sponsor to talk about in their letters, but how do the children know what to write to their sponsors? Recently, the staff in Bangladesh was trained on how children should write letters to their sponsors. Now the staff can teach and help the children in the letter writing process. The Education Director of the sponsorship program in Bangladesh wrote about this training class:
“The entire project’s staff was taught how to write letter to the child sponsors; actually they learned how they will teach their hostel children to write letters to their sponsors. We taught them how to introduce their sponsor, how to greet, thanks giving for their love, describing about child’s own present life, asking questions and prayer requests for the sponsor. If any child received any letter then they will answer their sponsor’s question or write details on what they want to know.
They also learned how they will write on behalf of children if the child cannot write his/her sponsor. They will describe about sponsor, let him know what his/her sponsor’s name is, what his sponsor is doing for him/her. If the child does not write the letter himself then child must draw something in paper (to show his contribution in letter).
The staff is described details about the contribution of the sponsors for their support children that they (sponsors) are praying for their child, thinking of their education and concerning about their salvation and adult Christian life. I also tried to let them know each child both sponsored and unsponsored are very valuable for their family, sponsor and society. (Click to Tweet!) I let them know of loving children as their own, working with accountability and integrity so that they know about their responsibilities to those children, that they are not called only for a job but taking care and serving the Lord through these children.”
Today's episode of "This Week at AMG" focuses on Giving Tuesday. Tasos introduces VP of Development, Pat Ragan, and Director of International Ministries, Bill Passons. Pat and Bill share about the wonderful opportunity of how to partner with AMG by giving to our Field Emergency Fund. Watch the video below and click here to give and learn more about our Field Emergency Fund!
"The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb" (Psalm 19:8-11 NIV).
In Psalm 19:8-11, David says that the Word of God gives joy to the heart, gives light to the eyes, is more precious than gold, and is sweeter than honey. The Word of God is immeasurably valuable in our lives.
Five years ago, a pastor named Stephen in Uganda received a Key Word Study Bible (pictured below). Now, he is using that same Bible to train others to be doers of the Word. He is grateful for the Word of God and how it has been used to minister to others.
Pastor Stephen writes,
“Greetings in the Lord Jesus our Lord and savior, however, receive warmly greetings from Church members. Let me hope you are fine and doing well. Tomorrow we are going to have one day training in the upper zone we are hosted by Buweboya Baptist Church, starting from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, I and Peter we are going to meet 24 leaders from upper zone churches. We are still teaching pastors with the materials you provided to us, using the Bible as main key word.” (Click here to Tweet!)
Today, we are blessed to have the Scriptures in our own language and in our own hands. (Click to Tweet!)
Personally thank the Lord for His Word today.
Our special guest for today's episode of "This Week at AMG" is Justin Lonas, editor of Disciple Magazine here at AMG. Justin explains the history of Disciple Magazine and how it became a digital publication. Justin also talks about how the magazine is AMG's gift to the church and how God is using the magazine to bless others. Visit www.disciplemagazine.com to subscribe completely free of charge!
As the holiday season approaches, many people resort to online shopping to purchase gifts for friends and family. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to benefit AMG while shopping online at no cost to you? This is now a reality thanks to Amazon Smile, where you can contribute to AMG’s ministries simply by doing what you already do during the holiday season!
Amazon Smile is a service of Amazon.com that contributes 0.5% of every purchase to a charity of your choice. In order to shop using Amazon Smile to benefit AMG, first go to www.smile.amazon.com. You will be asked to sign in using your personal Amazon account, and then you will be asked to select a charity. To select AMG International as your charity, search “AMG International” and make sure you select the correct organization located in Chattanooga, TN. From here, the site is functions exactly like Amazon.com, where you can browse and find the same selection of products that you would normally purchase. The difference is that when purchasing any product through Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate .05% to AMG without costing you anything! After making a purchase, you can then share the news with others on Facebook, Twitter, or by email.
When you purchase a product on Amazon Smile in support of AMG, you can be sure that you have made a positive impact on those who need physical, emotional, and spiritual help. Our vision is to give every person the opportunity to respond to the Gospel and grow as a disciple of Christ, and all support is used towards this goal.
Shop online at www.smile.amazon.com and benefit AMG today!
AMG International has multiple support opportunities that will align with your heart in touching the world with God's love. Check out these opportunities today!
AMG's goal in every ministry we undertake is to see the Gospel proclaimed and lives transformed by Christ.
God didn't intend for you to fight life's battles alone. Would you like to know how you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
It is because of God's love that He desires a relationship with mankind whom He has created. Yet because of His holiness, He can have no dealings with sin. That presents a problem...
Each of us has committed acts that are sinful. But more than that, because we are born with a sinful nature, we fall short of God's standard of perfection.
Because God is holy, He cannot look upon sin or accept sinful man into His presence. Yet because of His great love, He has made provision for man's sin...
Jesus is not just a good man, moral teacher or historical figure. He is God in a human body.
The death of Christ demonstrated the love of God and satisfied the demands of His holiness. His perfect sacrifice paid for our sins and took them away.
We cannot come to God on our own terms. God, who created us, has provided a way for us to know Him, but that way is only through His Son, Jesus.
It is not enough to believe intellectually that there is a God, or that Jesus existed as an historical figure, nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. Each of us must respond to God through an act of the will.
Salvation is turning from our old way of living, independent from God, and turning to Him and the new life He offers.
"...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." - Romans 10:9-10
Salvation is a result not just of intellectually believing or of having an emotional experience. Salvation comes when we are ready to surrender our wills to Him. It is not just the words we say, but the attitude of our hearts. If you would like to receive Christ, this is the attitude He is looking for...
"Lord Jesus, I need you. I recognize that I am a sinner and I need your forgiveness. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Come into my life as my Savior and Lord. Take control of the throne of my life and make me the kind of person you want me to be."
If you have given your life to Christ, He wants you to grow in that relationship. Here are some things that will help...
One-Click Donate allows you to quickly given one-time donations to causes that interest you by using the billing methods you have saved to your account on AMG Online.
In order to use begin using One-Click Donate, you will need to:
To begin using One-Click Donate, select from one of the options below:
There are two ways to financially give to AMG International: personalized and general. Choose which option works best for you.
List below are the most common questions that we receive concerning child sponsorships. As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 800.251.7206.
Child sponsorship includes prayer and financial support for your child. It costs $32 dollars a month, or $384 a year to sponsor a child. But equally important is the prayer support that your child receives from you. This is the advantage of pairing children with sponsors - the individual attention.
Yes! We encourage you to write to your child . The letters that you write will help build a valuable relationship that your child will never forget. Usually twice a year your child will write to you.
YES. We ask that you send money and NOT physical gifts that must be shipped or mailed. The cost is extremely high. A simple coloring book and crayons could cost AMG and the field $50 or more after shipping, duty and special fees. Also, these shipments are not typically delivered to the center thus costing the center time and much gas money. By sending a financial gift you help the local economy and this also allows the Child Center leadership to speak to the child and or family to see what the most pressing need or desire of your child might be. You may also suggest what you might like to have purchased. They will then make the purchase and give this to the child.
We recommend a minimum of $10 but a good average is $25 to $50 by most sponsors. You may go up to $100 if you so desire. We request that you do not exceed the $100 amount on any single special occasion. If you have a unique situation you may contact the sponsorship department at 1-800-251-7206 and a staff member will discuss this with you.
AMG's mission is to advance the gospel with compassion. Impacting a child and a family with the gospel includes an awareness of the children's needs and a purposeful participation in helping those in our sponsorship program. Our child development centers are designed to impact a child mentally, physically, emotionally and most of all spiritually. There is no end to the needs and difficult circumstances every child brings to AMG and this is why our sponsorship program helps each child with nutrition, medical care, personal development, bible study and spiritual training. AMG does not facilitate the building of homes or major lifestyle changes for the families connected to AMG. This type of involvement from outside sources very often creates serious problems for the family and the local community the child and family live within. Please see FAQ "How Much is Appropriateâ€¦"
Children under the care of AMG receive a hot, nutritious meal and a snack each day along with access to medical care if needed. Children are provided educational opportunities and are tutored if necessary. Childcare center staff members encourage children to take advantage of every opportunity they have to learn new skills. Children are given new outfits of clothing and shoes once or twice a year. Each child is given a clear presentation of the gospel, with the hope that they will become a Christian, and reach his or her world for Christ.
AMG has always approached the care of children with a holistic emphasis...daily food, education, access to medical care and most of all, the gospel. Every child receives more benefits and access to services than any one sponsorship could provide therefore all sponsorship funds are pooled for the maximum benefit of your child and all of those attending their center. Your sponsorship dollars are combined with your fellow sponsors so that every child receives uninterrupted care regardless of the possibility that a sponsor misses sending their sponsorship donation on any given month. Your faithfulness and that of every sponsor giving regularly will ensure the maximum benefits for your child as well as all the children in the Child Sponsorship program.
We understand that circumstances change and sometimes it may be necessary for you to give up your sponsorship. In this situation, notify us and we will begin looking for another sponsor for your child. Meanwhile we will continue the support from the general fund until another sponsor can be found.
While we ask that your sponsorship commitment last at least one year, the length of time during which you sponsor a child is up to you. Sponsorship programs help AMG provide food, clothing, medical care and education to children until they reach age 18. Most of the children AMG serves rely on these programs for their wellbeing. When a sponsorship lapses or is discontinued, AMG will seek out another sponsor rather than discontinue or interrupt the care for that child. Sponsors wishing to extend their relationship with a sponsored child beyond age 18 may do so if the child continues their affiliation with AMG either as a Bible student or National Worker.
AMG sponsors short-term mission trips around the world. Frequently, we will go to countries where childcare centers are located. When we go to the country where your child lives, we encourage you to participate in that trip. Short-term trips are a great way to share the love of Jesus and meet the child that you have chosen to sponsor.
If you are ready to sponsor a child now, write, call, or click here to select a particular child. Or, if you would like us to assign you the child in greatest need, simply write to us. As soon as we receive your first donation of $32, we will send you a photograph and biographical and family information about your child. If you are interested, but have more questions, click here to email your questions or call 1-800-251-7206 and ask for Anna.
Listed below are the most common questions that we receive concerning national worker sponsorships. As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 800.251.7206.
National worker sponsorship includes prayer and financial support for your national worker. It costs $50 dollars a month, or $600 a year to sponsor a national worker. But equally important is the prayer support that your national worker receives from you. This unique partnership is an important part of a national worker's ministry.
Yes! We encourage you to write to your national worker. The letters that you write will help build a valuable relationship as you come alongside your national worker to encourage them in their ministry. Your national worker partner will send personal letters and ministry updates to you at least twice a year.
Yes. We do ask that you send money and not gifts-in-kind because of the difficulties involved in shipping packages. The money that is sent for the national worker will go 100% to them. Other gifts that are designated for family birthdays, specific ministry projects or personal needs are welcome as well.
Your support is intended to supplement the income and ministry needs of your sponsored national worker. For some national workers, sponsorship funds enable them to acquire basic necessities like food staples and clothing or to pay their children's school fees. Other national workers may be amply provided for personally, but welcome the sponsorship assistance to print materials, equip facilities, hold special ministry events, or purchase supplies. In either case, your support is a significant contribution to the effectiveness of a national worker's ministry.
Not necessarily. Many factors help define a meaningful support level for each national worker, including the cost of living for the country in which they serve; therefore some national workers are assigned more sponsorships than others. We work closely with our field directors to assess the needs of each national worker.
We welcome regular sponsorship as well as one-time ministry gifts for all of the national workers who partner with AMG. Each and every gift is a valuable contribution to the effectiveness of a national worker's ministry.
We understand that circumstances change and sometimes it may be necessary for you to give up your sponsorship. In this situation, please notify us and we will begin looking for another sponsor for your national worker.
While we ask that your sponsorship commitment last at least one year, the length of time during which you sponsor a national worker is up to you. Sponsorship programs help AMG provide support to national workers until their ministry reaches a self-sustaining point or the national worker has completed their term of service. Many of our sponsors have enjoyed lengthy, fruitful relationships with the same national worker; others have had the opportunity to assist multiple successors.
AMG sponsors short-term mission trips around the world. Frequently, we will go to places where sponsored national workers are serving. When we go to the country where your national worker partner serves, we encourage you to participate in that trip. Short-term trips are a great way to share the love of Jesus and minister alongside the national worker you have chosen to sponsor in a whole new way.
Currently AMG partners with national workers in 26 countries. You can click here to view the majority of national workers that are available for sponsorship. However, for security reasons, not all of our national workers are individually represented on the site. If you do not see a particular country or ministry represented in which you are interested, please feel free to contact us at 800.251.7206 for further information.
If you are ready to sponsor a national worker now, please write, call, or click here to select a particular national worker. Or, if you would like us to assign you the national worker in greatest need, simply contact us. As soon as we receive your first donation of $50, we will send you the photograph, biographical information, and ministry testimony of your national worker. If you are interested, but have more questions, click here to email your questions or call 800.251.7206 and ask for Meredith.
There are no age requirements for MA team members. All applicants are subject to approval by the MA Team Leader. Minors (under 18 years old) who apply to participate must have a guardian that is at least 21 years old who will also be a participant on the trip. The type of ministry of certain trips on the field may preclude a minor's participation on the trip. Families are encouraged to participate on MA Teams.
Yes. Appropriate training is provided covering areas of cultural training, support development, spiritual preparation, etc.
Immunizations vary from field to field. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has recommendations for all fields. The basic immunizations recommended are Tetanus and Hepatitis A. However, some fields require additional immunizations and medications.
AMG will provide assistance in writing support letters and developing a Biblical understanding of support raising.
The trip cost covers all related travel and in-country expenses (i.e. air transportation, housing, food, insurance, in-country travel, etc.) You would be responsible for transportation to and from the originating airport, meals in the airport, and any personal items you would purchase on the field (i.e. snacks, souvenirs, etc.).
Typically a $100 deposit is due at the time of registration for the trip. One half of the balance of the trip is due 60 days prior to departure and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to departure. All documents should be submitted 90 days prior to departure.
Yes. Each Mission Adventure has its own designated page where you can give to support a team. To find a specific Mission Adventure page, go to AMG's Home Page and go to "Click Here to see all AMG Countries, Sponsorship & Support Opportunities." Use the "Narrow By" tool to the left to find your trip. Open the trip page you are looking for and give to that trip by clicking "Support This Trip!"
If a trip is organized for a specific church, school, or other group, it is typically not "open" for registrations outside that group. These designations are reflected on the trip schedule. However, if you have a particular interest in joining one of these teams, you can contact us as some teams are open to additional team members.
First-time trip registrations begin with an Online Missions Profile. Log in or create a new account, then click "Account" to access your Online Missions Profile under the "Mission Adventures" heading. Once the six sections of your profile are completed, find the trip of your choice on the Mission Adventure Trip Schedule and register for the trip. AMG will then approve your registration, and you will receive an email explaining how to upload the documents needed for the trip. You will be able to pay more toward your trip from the same page where you upload documents. Upon uploading all documents and paying the rest of your trip balance, the registration process will be complete.
An Online Missions Profile (OMP) serves as your application for a trip and contains personal information such as contact information, your personal testimony, passport information, etc. You only have to complete an OMP once; after that the OMP can be updated at any time. With second and subsequent trip registrations, you can simply check to make sure all of your information is current.
Log in to your account and click "Account". Under the "Mission Adventures" heading, click "Your Enrolled Trips." There you will see the trips that you are registered for and where to upload your documents. Download the documents needed by clicking the blue text, complete the documents, scan them to your computer, then use the "Submit Now" buttons to upload your documents.
You can still begin the registration process for a Mission Adventure, even if have applied for but have not yet received your passport. On your Online Missions Profile under "Update Your Primary Information," check "I Have Applied for My Passport and Have Not Received It Back." When you do receive your passport, you will need to go back and update your Online Missions Profile with your passport information. If you are considering going on a Mission Adventure and do not have a passport, be sure to apply for your passport well in advance of the registration deadline of your chosen trip. Also, if your passport expires within the next 6 months, you will need to renew your passport before registering for a trip.
Log in to your account and click "Account". Under the "Mission Adventures" heading, click "Your Enrolled Trips." There you will see the trips that you are registered for and the button to pay more toward your trip.
To share a trip on Social Media, go to AMG's Home Page and go to "Click Here to see all AMG Countries, Sponsorship & Support Opportunities." Use the "Narrow By" tool to the left to find your trip. Open the trip page you are looking for and use the Social Media icons on the trip page to share the trip with your friends and family.
During the process of registration, you will be asked to choose between the options of paying for your deposit or of notifying AMG that your church/school/group is paying for your deposit. Type the name of your church/school/group in the text box when completing the next step of registration.
Log in on the website and then click "Account". Under Mission Adventures, click "View Trip Reports." This will allow you to see applicant information including Registration Status and which documents team members have submitted to AMG.
Most likely, you are typing in the wrong password. To reset your password, click "I Forgot My Password" on the login screen. Type in your email and then click "Reset Password." You will be sent an email with a link to reset your password. It is also possible that you are attempting to log in with an email address other than the one that was used to create the account. If you do not remember the email address associated with the website account, please give us a call at 800.251.7206.
The pencil icons beside each section indicate whether a section has been completed or not. If there is a + sign beside a section, that section is not complete and needs more information. When you attempt to save that particular section, anything that needs to be corrected will be highlighted in red.
If you see that your trip registration has been declined, this can mean that your Online Mission Profile is lacking important information or contains obvious errors OR that you have registered for a trip for which you do not qualify. You will receive a follow-up email that will give you further instructions or explain why your registration has been denied.
Once you receive the approval email notification, log in to the website and click "Account." Under the "Mission Adventures" heading, click "Your Enrolled Trips." This page contains the next steps in the registration process, which are to upload your documents and pay the remaining balance for your trip.
If you are not able to upload your documents, the second option is to mail the documents to our Home Office in Chattanooga, TN. Send your document copies to AMG International, ATTN: Mission Adventures, P.O. Box 182200, Chattanooga, TN 37422.
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